2018 European Film Awards nominations: Red-hot ‘Cold War’ leads on way to Oscars

Nominations for the European Film Academy Award were announced on Saturday (Nov. 10) at the Seville film festival in Spain. Four of the entries in this year’s Oscar race for Foreign-Language Film — Sweden’s “Border,” Poland’s “Cold War,” Italy’s “Dogman” and Belgium’s “Girl” — are up for Best Picture. The fifth nominee is “Happy as Lazzaro” from Germany (which submitted “Never Look Away” at the Oscars).

Pawel Pawlikowski’s “Cold War” leads with five nominations: Best Picture, Director, Actor (Tomasz Kot), Actress (Joanna Kulig) and Screenplay. “Dogman” and “Border” have four nominations apiece as does “Happy as Lazzaro.”

Winners of the 31st edition of these awards will be decided by the 3,000 plus members of the academy, drawn from all parts of Europe. The ceremony is scheduled for Dec. 15 in Seville.

Last year Ruben Ostlund‘s satire “The Square” swept the EFAs with six wins including both Best Picture and Best Comedy. Ostlund claimed both the writing and directing awards for his savage satire set in the high stakes art world with dialogue in Swedish and English and starring Elisabeth Moss and Dominic West. In addition, the film’s Swedish leading man Claes Bang won Best Actor and Josefin Åsberg picked up the Best Production Design prize. “The Square” won the Palme d’Or at Cannes but lost the Oscar race for Foreign-Language Film to Chile’s “A Fantastic Woman.”

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Best Picture
“Cold War”
“Happy as Lazzaro”

Best Director
Ali Abbasi, “Border”
Matteo Garrone, “Dogman”
Samuel Maoz, “Foxtrot”
Pawel Pawlikowski, “Cold War”
Alice Rohrwacher, “Happy as Lazzaro”

Best Actor
Jakob Cedergren, “The Guilty”
Rupert Everett, “The Happy Prince”
Marcello Fonte, “Dogman”
Sverrir Gudnason, “Borg vs. McEnroe”
Tomasz Kot, “Cold War”
Victor Polster, “Girl”

Best Actress
Marie Baumer, “3 Days in Quiberon”
Halldora Geirharosdottir, “Woman at War”
Joanna Kulig, “Cold War”
Bárbara Lennie, “Petra”
Eva Melander, “Border”
Alba Rohrwacher, Happy as Lazzaro”

Best Screenplay
Ali Abbasi, Isabella Eklof & John Ajvide Lindqvist, “Border”
Matteo Garrone, Ugo Chiti & Massimo Gaudioso, “Dogman”
Gustav Möller & Emil Nygaard Albertsen, “The Guilty”
Pawel Pawlikowski, “Cold War”
Alice Rohrwacher, “Happy as Lazzaro”

Best Comedy
“C’est La Vie”
“The Death of Stalin”

Best Documentary
“A Woman Captured”
“Bergman —A Year in a Life”
“Of Fathers and Sons”
“The Distant Barking of Dogs”
“The Silence of Others”

Best Animated Feature
“Another Day of Life”
“Early Man”
“The Breadwinner”
“White Fang”

European Discovery/Prix Fipresci
“One Day”
“Scary Mother”
“The Guilty”
“Those Who Are Fine”
“Touch Me Not”

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